Gliceria Abreu (General Manager & Afro-Cuban Percussion)
Havana-born Gliceria Abreu graduated as an agronomic engineer at the Universidad Agraria de La Habana in 1980; later she gained new degrees in marketing, promotion and business administration. After marrying Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, she shifted her focus to music and became his general manager, bookings administrator and project supervisor, starting in 1990 with the remarkable son band, Sierra Maestra. Abreu has been the executive producer of several Grammy-nominated albums by the Afro-Cuban All Stars, including A Toda Cuba le Gusta and Step Forward. She also played an important role in the production of other albums of the late ‘90s such as the seminal Buena Vista Social Club, Buena Vista Social Club presents Ibrahim Ferrer, and Introducing Ruben Gonzalez.
Julito Diaz (Trumpet & Flugelhorn)
Julito Diaz was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba. He began playing trumpet as an amateur when he was 9 years old first at a local Music School and later at the Cuban National School of Arts (ENA), in Havana. in 1994, he emigrated to Canada, where he lived until 2000, playing as a professional musician. In 2000, he moved to Miami, Fl to receive trumpet lessons with Mr Arturo Sandoval at Florida International University (FIU) for 3 years. Julio has played trumpet and flugelhorn in many concerts and recordings with top stars including Albita Rodriguez, Carlos Oliva, Celia Cruz, Cheo Feliciano, Frankie Negron, Franco de Vita, Ismael Miranda, Juanes, La India, Luis Enrique, Natalia Jimenez, Olga Tanon, Oscar de Leon, El Canario ,Prince Royce, Ricardo Arjona, Ricardo Montaner, Ricky Martin, Sergio George, Tito Nieves, Willy Chirino, among others. He has also performed in several first order events and festivals in USA, Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Thailand, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, etc. He is the actual lead trumpet of Sergio George´s Salsa Giants. In his life, Julio has recorded more than 70 albums some of them nominated either to Latin Grammy Awards or/and Grammy Awards.